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Rhame native joins state staff

Rhame native Kadee Hande said she's ready to promote livestock in her new position.

Hande was just named a livestock development specialist in the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

"Mainly for the last few years I've been working as the livestock manager for the Black Hills Stock Show. It is the Midwest's largest winter show and it is geared toward cattle," Hande said. "I've been working there with sponsorship, working with cattle people and the buyers and the producers."

Hande said jokingly she wanted to move back to North Dakota because it has much better lutefisk.

"I am one of the proud Rhame High School alumni," Hande said. "I wasn't planning on being in this sector but after college I worked for the Legislature and then the job at the stock show came up. Having both the animal science and communications, it worked out well for me."

Hande graduated from North Dakota State University, where she majored in communications with a minor in equine science and animal science.

"Kadee's background in livestock production and her experience in communications will be very helpful in the department's efforts to expand and improve the profitability of the state's livestock industry," said state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring in a press release.

Hande said both her parents still live in the Rhame area and farm.

In her new position, Hande will work with North Dakota dairy and livestock producers to develop and sustain the state's livestock industry by enhancing the production, processing and marketing of their products. She will provide technical support, research and contact information to commodity groups, individual producers, processors and producer cooperatives to improve profitability of the livestock industry.

"I just really like the promotion of agriculture," Hande said. "I'll be making sure we sustain our numbers and increase our numbers."

Hande said it's not a good time for livestock producers.

"With the cattle market being down and the crisis the swine industry is going through with the H1N1 misconceptions, and there's a real problem with the dairy industry," Hande said. "We're just trying to make sure people can stay in the business and still support the family farm."